ex-cept for

except

1 [ik-sept]
preposition
1.
with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but: They were all there except me.
conjunction
2.
only; with the exception (usually followed by that ): parallel cases except that one is younger than the other.
3.
otherwise than; but (followed by an adv., phrase, or clause): well fortified except here.
4.
Archaic. unless.
Idioms
5.
except for, if it were not for: She would travel more except for lack of money.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English: orig., past participle adj. < Latin exceptus (past participle of excipere to take out), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + -ceptus (combining form of captus, past participle of capere to take)


1. Except (more rarely excepting ), but, save point out something excluded from a general statement. Except emphasizes the excluding: Take any number except 12. But merely states the exclusion: We ate all but one. Save is now mainly found in poetic use: nothing in sight save sky and sea.
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except (ɪkˈsɛpt)
 
prep
1.  Also: except for other than; apart from; with the exception of: he likes everyone except you; except for this mistake, you did very well
2.  (conjunction) except that but for the fact that; were it not true that
 
conj
3.  an archaic word for unless
4.  informal except that; but for the fact that: I would have arrived earlier, except I lost my way
 
vb (often foll by to)
5.  (tr) to leave out; omit; exclude
6.  rare to take exception; object
 
[C14: from Old French excepter to leave out, from Latin exceptāre, from excipere to take out, from capere to take]

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except
late 14c., from L. exceptus, pp. of excipere "take out," from ex- "out" + capere "to take" (see capable). Related: Excepted; excepting. Adjectival function led to use as a preposition, conjunction.
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